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Thoughts on Core and Server 1709

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 in Technical Articles (Views: 1501)
I've been working for a while now with Windows Server Core, and a lot of frustration builds on the new version of Windows Server 1709.

With this new version of Server, this is the new "current branch" model that should be updating every 6 months or so, and the LTSB version is what we call today "Windows Server 2016".

This was met with a lot of resistance, so much so that the blog from the Windows team actually closed comments when everyone pretty much stated loudly their distain for the new model. And, it's understandable, as it seems backwards. Another huge complaint is how many Microsoft things don't run on Server Core, like some of the tools they are pushing like Azure AD Connect as a necessity for cloud identity.

The Server Core OS reduces the attack space by about 90% by losing one big Windows feature, the desktop GUI. What do you get? Just a command prompt. So, why wouldn't updates be more frequent on systems with a larger attack space?

There are reasons to keep the desktop experience around for things like VDI, Citrix, Remote Desktops, are among the big ones. The good news is the GUI isn't going away, just being rebranded into a "LTSB" model.

I'll be posting articles and help on Windows Core in the future. So far, it has been a nice improvement over the desktop OS in terms of speed and indirectly, security. Anyone notive a difference on this site? It's running Server Core with SQL on Server Core. :)


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